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Peter Kavanagh

Candidate for Clondalkin

My vision for Dublin Mid-West

Dublin Mid-West is a huge and diverse constituency, one which stretches from the edge of Dublin City to the borders of Wicklow and Kildare. My vision is of a better, fairer future for all the residents of Clondalkin, Palmerstown, Lucan, Newcastle, Rathcoole, Saggart and Brittas – a future that puts people first, an economy that is sustainable and prosperous for all and a legacy we can be proud to leave for the next generation.

 

What I stand for

I stand for honesty, integrity and transparency. We have only one planet to share and we are responsible for how use the resources at our disposal. We need jobs that are secure, housing that is adequate and affordable and a society that is truly equal.

I believe passionately in equality. I believe that Green politics can deliver true equality, sustainable jobs and low-impact homes. It’s time we demanded the quality of life we all deserve as citizens and residents.

 

My priorities

Dublin Mid-West needs a Green voice back in Dáil Éireann to ensure the voices of the most marginalised are heard. If elected, I will make the following my priorities:

  • Invest in housing: The homelessness crisis is bigger that Fine Gael will admit. The State needs to utilise its assets and property to enshrine the right to a home and to ensure that these homes are adequate and affordable.
  • Invest in people: Providing appropriate facilities for young and old is a cost-effective way of supporting vulnerable societal groups and improving community relations and harmony. Our people are our best asset, and this starts with supporting young parents and families and runs right through to making Dublin Mid-West fully age-friendly for older people.
  • Invest in culture: Our language and culture are our most valuable assets. I have been involved for many years in Clondalkin’s push for Líonra Gaeilge status. With our facilities, history and cultural amenities, we can make Dublin Mid-West a cultural hotbed and a tourist destination like no other.
  • Invest in the Irish welcome: Direct Provision will go down as one of the darkest chapters in the history of the State. I believe in welcoming and embracing New Irish and migrant communities and creating a better society for all.

 

My experience

A language-rights activist, journalist and broadcaster, I am the co-founder of the Pop Up Gaeltacht Irish Language events and a native of Clondalkin. I am a former translator and educator, and have lived in Clondalkin most of my life. I have been a community activist in Clondalkin since I was a teenager, and have been part of many great campaigns, including the Rally Round the Tower, which led to the wonderful Round Tower Visitor Centre.

I joined the Green Party in 2016 and have been active in re-establishing a Green presence in Dublin Mid-West since.

I was educated in Coláiste Chillian in Clondalkin, Maynooth University and NUI Galway. I am an expert in social policy and active ageing. I play baseball with the Clondalkin-based Dublin City Hurricanes. I live in Clondalkin Village with my wife Emma and our young son. I am the Green Party’s Irish Language Spokesperson and a volunteer director of both Áras Chrónáin Cultural Centre and RUA Red Arts Centre.